Father Augusto Cortez
Diocese of Charlotte (Vincentians)
Assigned as follows:
- 2004: Office of Hispanic Ministry (New York, NY)
- 2005: Unknown
- 2006: St. John the Baptist (Bushwick, NY)
- 2007: Centro Evangelizacion San Vicente de Paul (New York, NY)
- 2008: Unknown
- 2009: St. Vincent’s Seminary (Philadelphia, PA)
- 2006-2007: St. John the Baptist Rectory (Yonkers, NY)
Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Augusto Cortez:
Father Augusto Cortez was ordained a priest of the Vincentian order in 2003 and in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in June 2008, he was arrested and charged with touching the breasts of a 12-year-old girl in May 2008, when he was alone with her in the computer room while he worked at St. John the Baptist School in Bushwick, New York. He pleaded guilty in 2009, and was sentenced to six years of probation. He was subsequently laicized.
In June 2014, he was accused of abusing a 6-year-old girl at her home on Long Island. He fled the country in 2015, and was found in Guatemala and extradited to the US where he was arrested in 2017. His current whereabouts are unknown.
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